Frankly speaking, we are rather wary of SandForce-based SSDs. Besides their past firmware flaws which took a lot of time to be corrected, we don’t like their susceptibility to performance degradation due to imperfect TRIM implementation whereas their on-the-fly data compression is only good from the marketing point of view as it allows their manufacturers to specify unrealistically high speeds. So as soon as there appeared serious alternatives, we preferred them to the SandForce platform.
The Kingston SSDNow V300 is a special case, though. It can even change our perception of the SandForce platform at large. Kingston has shifted priorities with this product, positioning it as an inexpensive rather than high-performance SSD yet equipping it with Toshiba’s fast 19nm MLC NAND flash memory with Toggle Mode interface. Moreover, the manufacturer has developed customized firmware which helps the SSDNow V300 perform almost as fast as the Intel 520 in real-life applications. As a result, this SSD sports a very attractive price per gigabyte of storage while being faster than most SandForce-based products. It is especially good and comparable to indisputable leaders in reads-heavy scenarios, for example at loads typical of a system disk. So, if you’re looking for the best price/performance ratio, the Kingston SSDNow V300 should be among the first on your list.
The only catch is that the SSDNow V300 has a shorter specified service life than other SSDs of its class. Although it’s justifiable for an inexpensive product, you should be aware of that.
To help you with your choice, we offer the following summary table with test results of various SSDs. It contains basic hardware information about SSDs we’ve tested so far and allows to quickly determine the general position of a particular model among its competitors in terms of relative performance.